|02-03-2002, 03:17 PM||#1|
It's me again. I'm here to ask you a new question. How much effort would it take to convert a Saturn into an electric car?
I travel very little over 40 miles a day, so range isn't a problem, nor is charging.
I know the engine has to go. The engine, the fuel tank, the fuel lines, and most likely the PCM. Replace that with a good NiMH (Spelling?) battery pack, computer, and an electric motor.
The heater won't work right, nor will the air conditioning, and all of the wiring will have to be redone, I know. The steering and brake assist will have to be reworked too, I believe.
What I want to know is if I can remove the engine and just have the electric motor hook up to the transmission like the engine did.
I'm well aware that performance, range, and weight will all suffer for this, but I'm somewhat of a techie-environmentalist and I like the idea of an electric Saturn.
That's all for now,
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|02-03-2002, 04:11 PM||#2|
Join Date: Feb 2000
2008 Outlook XR
2005 VUE Red Line
You might want to read this: Electric Vehicle Conversion Diary - 1996 Saturn.
Hope that helps,
|02-03-2002, 10:38 PM||#3|
Join Date: Nov 2001
Location: Fern Park, Florida
UH-OH...its that Fiero guy again...
search general fiero chat for "Solar Fiero"
he has some kind of electric motor hooked up to a getrag. tops out at well over 85 MPH and gets pretty good range. he figured it out as .02 per mile in electricity costs.
theoreticly all the same tachnology could be shoved in a saturn. except maybe the power steering and brakes.
|02-04-2002, 12:37 PM||#4|
Join Date: Feb 2000
Location: Closed Course. Professional Driver.
ask Saturn. they built one in 1993 and someone wrote an SAE paper about it.
A technical overview of an electric Saturn at the 1993 solar and electric 500
Cheiky, Mike C.
A technical overview of an electric Saturn at the 1993 solar and electric
Cheiky, Mike C.
Dreisbach ElectroMotive, Inc. (DEMI) under the sponsorship of Arizona
Public Service with assistance from Motorola Semiconductor Products
and GM's Saturn Division, has developed a second-generation high
performance Zinc-Air powered electric vehicle (EV). The EV is based on
a 1992 Saturn SC coupe chassis and uses a dual battery hybrid
configuration to demonstrate acceleration, top speed and operating
range approaching gasoline vehicle specifications. This electric powered
Saturn SC beat a conventional Saturn SC1 in a 5 lap sprint race during
the third annual Solar and Electric 500 at Phoenix International
Raceway. The DEMI/APS Saturn set a new electric stock car lap record
of 40.8 second during the race and was about 1 second per lap faster
than the stock reference car. Both cars were set up by the Saturn
Engineering department just prior to the race and used identical
race-prepared tires. Details of the electrical design of the DEMI
conversion of the Saturn to electric drive, track test data and
comparative gasoline car specifications are presented along with actual
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|02-04-2002, 03:37 PM||#5|
Join Date: Jul 2001
Location: Puyallup, WA
here's an email i received from a guy who did an SL1 electric conversion. I wouldnt mind picking up that 9" motor he is talking about.
(I asked him if he had any performance numbers on his car)
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